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[in-tur-nl] /ɪnˈtɜr nl/
situated or existing in the interior of something; interior.
of, relating to, or noting the inside or inner part.
Pharmacology. oral (def 4).
existing, occurring, or found within the limits or scope of something; intrinsic:
a theory having internal logic.
of or relating to the domestic affairs of a country:
the internal politics of a nation.
existing solely within the individual mind:
internal malaise.
coming from, produced, or motivated by the psyche or inner recesses of the mind; subjective:
an internal response.
Anatomy, Zoology. inner; not superficial; away from the surface or next to the axis of the body or of a part:
the internal carotid artery.
present or occurring within an organism or one of its parts:
an internal organ.
Usually, internals. entrails; innards.
an inner or intrinsic attribute.
Origin of internal
1500-10; < Medieval Latin internālis, equivalent to Latin intern(us) intern3 + ālis -al1
Related forms
internality, internalness, noun
internally, adverb
quasi-internal, adjective
quasi-internally, adverb
semi-internal, adjective
semi-internally, adverb
subinternal, adjective
subinternally, adverb
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Skipper, if I dinna dive into their internals, gie me sax dozen.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • Paul hadn't wanted to get involved in the internals of their political ideology.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • And not all the grace of internals can atone for external monotony.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • The clock's internals growled the five-minute verge of twelve.

  • A doll on a small table began to buzz mysteriously in its internals.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Seizing his hunting-knife, he rapidly removed the internals of the horse, and crept into the cavity himself.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
  • Just then the remnants of the internals of a Ford, hung together with picture wire and painted white, whizzed around the corner.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
British Dictionary definitions for internals


of, situated on, or suitable for the inside; inner
coming or acting from within; interior
involving the spiritual or mental life; subjective
of or involving a nation's domestic as opposed to foreign affairs
(education) denoting assessment by examiners who are employed at the candidate's place of study
situated within, affecting, or relating to the inside of the body
a medical examination of the vagina, uterus, or rectum
Derived Forms
internality, internalness, noun
internally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin internālis, from Late Latin internus inward
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Word Origin and History for internals



early 15c., from Medieval Latin internalis, from Latin internus "within, inward, internal," figuratively "domestic," expanded from pre-Latin *interos, *interus "on the inside, inward," from PIE *en-ter- (cf. Old Church Slavonic anter, Sanskrit antar "within, between," Old High German unter "between," and the "down" sense of Old English under); suffixed (comparative) form of *en "in" (see in). Meaning "of or pertaining to the domestic affairs of a country (e.g. internal revenue) is from 1795. Internal combustion first recorded 1884. Related: Internally.

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internals in Medicine

internal in·ter·nal (ĭn-tûr'nəl)

  1. Located, acting, or effective within the body.

  2. Of, relating to, or located within the limits or surface; inner.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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